(Last updated on August 2017)
In the past five years, many private colleges have transitioned to considering undocumented students as domestic students instead of international students in the admissions process.
As you look for colleges to apply to, we know that it is helpful to know which schools admit and financially support undocumented students. That is why we have put together this growing list of all of the private colleges who have changed their admissions policies to admit undocumented students as domestic students instead of international students! Most colleges consider undocumented students as international students, which means that undocumented students are competing with international applicants for financial aid. But when a college considers undocumented students as domestic students, undocumented students are more likely to get good financial aid packages.
(If you are a representative from a college and would like to be added to this list, please feel free to contact us)
We are continually expanding this list and featuring scholarships with approaching deadlines so be sure to return to this page periodically.
Amherst College– They are “need-blind” for undocumented students (with and without DACA) and accept undocumented students as domestic students.
Bowdoin College– Bowdoin considers undocumented students to be domestic students in the admissions process and is “need-blind” for undocumented students.
Brown University– Brown will meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all admitted undocumented students (with or without DACA).
Cornell University– Beginning in the Fall of 2016, applicants from any state in the country who have DACA will be considered as domestic students for admission instead of international students.
DePauw University– DePauw University considers undocumented students as domestic students in the admissions process.
Emory University– “Emory University meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted domestic students. Students who are granted DACA status by the federal government (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) are considered domestic students by Emory University and are eligible for need-based financial aid like any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident.”
Lycoming College– Lycoming College, a small private liberal arts college located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, considers undocumented students (with and without DACA) to be domestic students instead of international students in the application process!
Northwestern University– Northwestern University, a prestigious private university north of Chicago, is “need-blind” for undocumented students (students with and without DACA) and considers undocumented students in the same applicant pool as US citizens and US permanent residents.
Oberlin College– “Oberlin College considers undocumented students living in the United States as domestic candidates for admission.”
Pomona College– “The college fully reviews undocumented and DACA-mented students who graduate from a U.S. high school for both admission and for every type of private financial aid the college offers.”
Rice University– Rice University admits undocumented students (with or without DACA) as domestic students and is “need-blind” for undocumented students.
Smith College– “Smith meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students who apply for financial aid by the published deadlines. Because federal financial aid is not available for undocumented and DACA students, Smith provides institutional, need-based financial aid in its place,” according to their website.
Stanford University– “Stanford treats undocumented students as domestic students in the admission process, assessing their applications under the same need-blind admission policy it uses for citizens of the United States. Stanford uses institutional funds to meet the full financial need of those undocumented students who are admitted.”
Swarthmore College– This prestigious small liberal arts college near Philadelphia does “not take financial need or application for financial aid into account when making an admissions decision. Swarthmore College commits to meeting 100% of admitted students’ demonstrated financial need.”
Tufts University– “Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students who apply to Tufts are treated identically to any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident in their high school.”
Williams College– Williams College, a prestigious private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, admits undocumented students (including students with and without DACA) as domestic students instead of international students.
Wesleyan University– This prestigious, private university located in Connecticut, considers undocumented students (including students without DACA) who graduate from an American high school in any state as if they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
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